Translation of "exaggerate" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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exaggerateverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪɡˈzædʒ.ə.reɪt/ us /ɪɡˈzædʒ.ə.reɪt/

C1 to make something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is

The threat of attack has been greatly exaggerated. 遭受袭击的威胁被过分夸大了。
Don't exaggerate - it wasn't that expensive. 不要言过其实——没有那么贵。
I'm not exaggerating - it was the worst meal I've ever eaten in my life. 我不是在夸大其词——那是我这辈子吃到的最难以下咽的饭了。

More examples

  • You shouldn't believe everything she says - she does tend to exaggerate.
  • The minister suggested that some leading environmentalists were exaggerating the issues somewhat.
  • She was a bit annoyed, but she wasn't furious - don't exaggerate.
  • I don't think it would be exaggerating to say that the composer's new work is a masterpiece.
  • He has exaggerated the whole event to make it sound rather more dramatic than it actually was.

(Translation of “exaggerate” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)